At Hardwick Primary we plan and teach our curriculum in ‘phases’ rather than separate year groups:

  • Reception  – known as the Early Years phase
  • Years 1 & 2 – known as Key Stage One phase
  • Years 3 & 4 – known as Lower Key Stage Two phase
  • Years 5 & 6 – known as Upper Key Stage Two phase 

If you visit the page for each phase, you will find information about the particular subjects and the topics they cover, plus information on how they organise that specific phase. In each phases we plan and teach the curriculum on a two-yearly rolling plan, so by the end of each phase the children have covered everything in the National Curriculum.

Our Curriculum Intent

Our school curriculum follows the programmes of study as defined in the National Curriculum (2014). The curriculum aims to enable all children to become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens, by teaching and focusing on the attitudes and attributes necessary for learning, the skills and the knowledge and understanding required to be successful in all subjects.

We believe our curriculum is ambitious for all pupils, including those with a special educational need or disability, is coherently planned and sequenced and is broad and balanced for all pupils. We also believe in the principle of greater learner involvement in their work, results in a meaningful curriculum which promotes high standards.

There is a strong focus on the teaching and attainment of the key skills in English and Mathematics in all phases.

In their curriculum studies, we endeavour to develop children who:

  • have enquiring minds;
  • are motivated, aspirational and become increasingly independent learners, taking responsibility for their own learning and actions;
  • are aware of their own strengths and weaknesses;
  • are reflective, resilient and demonstrate perseverance;
  • are happy and confident enough to ask for help, and able to collaborate with others;
  • set themselves personal challenges and use their initiative;
  • strive for high achievements;
  • take pride in the achievement of others.

Please visit our Year Groups page from the School Information menu for more information on what is being taught and when for each phase:

Additional information:

Year 3 have a series of dance lessons (PrimarySTEPS) taught by tutors from the Royal Ballet School (autumn term). 

Year 4 have weekly instrument tuition (one hour) from the Suffolk Music Service.

Year 5 have swimming lessons every week at the local pool.

How is PSHE, Citizenship and Relationships Education taught?

PSHE and Citizenship education helps equip children with essential skills for life; teaching them how to stay safe and healthy, build successful relationships and become active, responsible participants in society.

Children will be taught lessons around the three core strands:

  • Relationships
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Living in the Wider World

Our scheme of work for PSHE and Citizenship meets the requirements for Relationships Education (September 2020)

How is Religious Education taught?

The school follows the Emmanuel Project (Suffolk syllabus for Religious Education). This is taught as part of the school’s curriculum and covers the world’s main religions. It prepares children for life in modern Britain and the wider world. It also ensures that the children are knowledgeable and understanding of all faiths and different cultures. They also learn how to look after themselves and have respect for other people.

How is Phonics taught?

The teaching of phonics, linked to reading and writing, is taught daily by our highly trained staff through the synthetic phonics programme, Read Write Inc. Phonics’.

Mainly aimed at pupils from Reception and Key Stage 1, children learn their sounds and how to blend them.

The children apply what they have learnt by reading books, which are levelled, relevant and fully decodable. The teaching of spelling is also covered through the programme.

Read Write Inc. Phonic groups are run for children in Years 3 and 4, and we use Read Write Inc. Fresh Start for those who require a boost in Years 5 and 6.

To find out more about Read Write Inc. phonics, visit the Ruth Miskin website by clicking here, Read Write Inc. phonics. On the site there are some very useful videos, including ‘How to pronounce pure sounds’ in the ‘How to help your child at home’ parent section.

Practicing phonics at home is part of the children’s daily homework.

How is Reading taught?

Our aim is to teach children to read, so they can read to learn. We want to instil enjoyment of reading and help them progress towards becoming an independent reader.

In Early Years, the children have their Read Write Inc. Phonics Red Ditty books and ‘Floppy’s Phonic Sounds and Letters’. Picture books are also used.

In Year 1, the children take home a copy of an appropriate Read Write Inc. Phonics book (assessed at their reading level) and a  Read Write Inc. Phonics ‘book bag book’. There are a number of different titles per coloured group and they are all fully decodable and include prompts to help parents/carers read with their child at home.

From Year 2 to Year 6 the children choose their reading books from the school library, which is aligned to ‘Accelerated Reader’. The child’s reading and comprehension skills are assessed and the child is allocated a point range. They can then choose a reading book from this range, which include a large range of fiction and some non-fiction books, all of which are at their reading level. Books include age appropriate novels from well known authors and  Oxford Reading Tree books, including Project X, Project X Alien Adventures, All Stars and Robins, Time Chronicles and Tree Tops.

After each book is read, the children take an Accelerated Reader online quiz, to assess their understanding.

Key Stage One and Key Stage Two also use structured guided reading sessions to teach and develop reading and comprehension skills.

Practicing reading at home is part of the children’s daily homework.

How is Spelling taught?

We use a structured and progressive spelling programme to ensure breadth and coverage of all the National Curriculum spelling requirements for each year group. Each week, children will be introduced to and taught a new spelling rule. Spellings forms part of the child’s weekly homework.

How is Handwriting taught?

We use a structured handwriting programme designed to allow younger children to practise forming letters correctly, moving to positioning and pre-cursive and then moving to a continuous cursive handwriting style. To be successful, handwriting requires frequent, discrete and direct teaching. Practicing at home is also important.


Children in Reception will be asked to practice their phonics and read to an adult at home.

Children in Key Stage 1 and 2 are asked to concentrate on reading daily at home, learn their spellings, times tables and work on their ‘Maths Badge’ or ‘Maths Challenge’. In addition, pupils in Upper Key Stage 2 will be set weekly maths and/or English tasks.

Parental involvement is actively encouraged. From time to time the children may be asked to complete a home learning task linked to what is being studied in class.


If you require any further information regarding the school’s curriculum, please speak to either the class teachers or the Headteacher, who will be able to provide you with the answers.

For more details on the National Curriculum (2014), please read these handy guides (published by Rising Stars):

The new National Curriculum in English Primary schools: A guide for parents

A guide for parents – Year 1

A guide for parents – Year 2

A guide for parents – Year 3

A guide for parents – Year 4

A guide for parents – Year 5

A guide for parents – Year 6